Professor of Classics at Cambridge University and commentator on both the modern and ancient world, Mary Beard feels that the most enduring contribution ancient Romans made to the world was their calendar.Beard – A Don’s Life blog
Professor Emeritus at Princeton University Robert Tignor contends that if we want to understand European history we should study the transformations which Christianity underwent in Egypt in the first centuries AD.Tignor – Egypt: A Short History
Historian Philip Mansel explains how the colourful mixture of nations, languages and religions, and therefore of very different ideas, turned many Levantine ports into beacons of progress in the 19th and early 20th centuries.Mansel - Levant, splendour and catastrophe on the Mediterranean
SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
In our 60 Second Idea, American historian Robert Tignor would like to instil a little order into the sidewalk chaos of large cities and solve the problem of getting stuck behind dawdling tourists walking 5 abreast or banging into hurrying pedestrians coming the other way. His ideas is to divide up sidewalks into one way walking systems with fast lanes round the outside, in all cities around the world with populations of over 50,000. All the systems would be the same to save confusion, and walking more than three abreast would be strictly outlawed.
In Next Week’s Programme
The magic, perception and meaning of colour. Neuroscientist Guy Orban explains how the brain decodes colour, lawyer Paul Butler talks about colour in the American legal system and classicist Angie Hobbs warns we must be very precise when translating colour into words.